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A Tale of Two Stories

BI 58

Patrick Mzaaber

Newsletter 9/2016
Events and News

A Tale with Two Stories: Legal development from the perspective of (inter-) discourse
Public research seminar
Thursday, 13 October 2016, 6-8pm, Orient-Institut Beirut
Dealing with the issue of legal development, in this talk Björn Bentlage will analyze the example of a prominent paternity case of the years 2004-2006 from the perspective of discourse analysis. The case centered around customary marriage, genetical testing and the interpretation of religious norms by state institutions, a constellation that continues to be significant. Depending on the sources used to investigate the case, one may arrive at quite different notions of change and continuity, of law and religion. The journalistic accounts of the case differ starkly from the image presented in legal sources, leading to the impression that there are two independent stories: one speaking of triumph and change, the other of detail and continuity. Adapting the theory of inter discourse, a discourse analytical model of legal development will be presented, discussing the importance of the case for legal development. For more details about the seminar and Björn Bentlage, who was awarded his PhD in Islamic Studies from the Martin Luther  University Halle-Wittenberg, read here.


New Bibliotheca Islamica edition (BI 58): Untying the Knots
The Ḥallāl al-ʿuqad fī bayān aḥkām al-muʿtaqad (Untying the Knots in Expounding the Principles of Faith), also known as Qudwat al-muhtadīn ilā maqāṣid al-dīn (The Exemplar of the Rightly Guided to the Objectives of Religion), is an early fourteenth-century theological treatise. The Ḥallāl is perhaps the only surviving text in which al-Ṭūfī expounds his theology in a brief and systematic manner with an intention to provide a short and uncomplicated outline of the principles of faith. Its author, Najm al-Dīn al-Ṭūfī (d. 716/1316) is a key Ḥanbalī scholar of the Mamluk period. His writings manifest considerable creativity and erudition.

The critical edition is based on a single surviving manuscript (Staatsbibliothek Berlin). The study was prepared by Lejla Demiri and Islam Dayeh. Lejla Demiri holds a doctorate from the University of Cambridge and is Professor of Islamic Doctrine at the Centre for Islamic Theology, University of Tübingen. Islam Dayeh holds a doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin where he is Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies.

To find out more about our Bibliotheca Islamica (BI) series and how to access the online versions or buy printed editions, have a look at our website.



Patrick Mzaaber
Patrick Mzaaber started working at the OIB as part-time Information Technology Assistant in September 2016. He is a Computer Science graduate with a solid experience in software development, and is taking care of the institute's end-user related inquiries and website administration. 

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